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by pyluyten
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: Are we dead now?

justindesilva wrote: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:32 pm Whether we like it or not births and rebirths in samsara will occur as part of a process in existence until one achieves the state of nirvana.
yes at some point life ends. parinibanna. i'm not sure this is so easy to accept this to be the ultimate goal!
by pyluyten
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1535

Re: Are we dead now?

Perhaps the death of the organism makes us live for the first time? it is difficult to get used to the fact, that at some point we die, our organism becomes dust, all thoughts disappear, we are no more and will never be anymore. The idea death is an awakening should not refrain you from accepting s...
by pyluyten
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you could ask the Buddha one question
Replies: 47
Views: 4811

Re: If you could ask the Buddha one question

if Buddha was here, just in face of me, this would not help me in any way. i already know what to do. i mean, do it or do not it's up to you. [ note 1 - well ok obviously external world has an impact, eg if you dye right now because of an earthquake, but it does not change the principle ] [ note 2 -...
by pyluyten
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 64
Views: 7766

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

well if you mean as in La noche oscura del alma from St Jean
maybe "bhanga nupassana" and the next steps

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visuddhim ... rification
by pyluyten
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 2811

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Pseudobabble wrote: Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:43 pm Are you saying that there is no scenario where violence is a price worth paying for the purpose of preventing a greater violence?
in this specific thread, violence is not a price worth paying.
by pyluyten
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 2811

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

We should avoid violence at all costs. Kevin This is facile. What if the cost was the destruction of the planet? Or the human race? Or the environment? 'At all costs' is idealistic, and unlikely to hold up in the real world, where trade-offs are the name of the game. destruction of the human race i...
by pyluyten
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Darwin and the Buddha
Replies: 12
Views: 1769

Re: Darwin and the Buddha

One Darwinian idea that I think the Buddha would have differed with is the importance of physical characteristics particularly in humans. The Buddha did permit that animals may be able to discern valuable information by seeing each others markings, but with humans, none of that matters. You can't t...
by pyluyten
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 23
Views: 4534

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

rightviewftw wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:43 pm Some old notes of mine mainly based on Vsm & Sutta;
thanks
by pyluyten
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 2172

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

Not really. Western philosophy is mainly asking the wrong questions and looking from the wrong angle at the problem. For example there is a fire. A western philosopher might ask "does this fire exist ? does it not exist ? why does it exist ? etc." - while a buddhist would investigate how it technic...
by pyluyten
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Darwin and the Buddha
Replies: 12
Views: 1769

Re: Darwin and the Buddha

the buddha is just leagues beyond any modern thinker. please read the dhamma https://www.suttacentral.net this, and the "racism" of evolution, is not useful comments. You are like prisoner of a dogma, jailed in a cavern and ignoring the outside world, believing "light" cannot exists, because there ...
by pyluyten
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 23
Views: 4534

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

Sati - Mindfulness Dhamma Vicaya - Investigation, Investigative Knowledge , Analysis , investigation-of-states Viriya - Energy , Effort , Persistence, Energy Piti - Joy , Happiness/Rapture , Delightful Satisfaction , Rapture Passadhi - Tranquility , Calm, Serenity , Samadhi - Concentration Upekkha ...
by pyluyten
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum
Replies: 72
Views: 4778

Re: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum

[...] The human is also programmed to do stuff. It is programmed to survive, it is programmed to chase pleasant feelings and avoid unpleasant feelings. Through this programming that exists inside a human (to chase pleasant feelings and avoid negative ones), giving specific conditions, it can get en...
by pyluyten
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum
Replies: 72
Views: 4778

Re: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum

Now, what about humans. First, as the computer, the human body is not just a mere assembly of legs and arms and heart ; rather it is consistent, each piece playing nicely with the others, also it does processes information, has a history (a doctor would be able to analyze part of this history). Ok ...
by pyluyten
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum
Replies: 72
Views: 4778

Re: An unique experiment - First time on a buddhist forum

Since you said you want a debate . . . There is just one thing conditioning another, with no receiver of the kamma. Same as a candle might be used to light another candle. There is no self of a candle there, nobody to receive the lighting. Yet, it is the lighting of the candle happening, even witho...
by pyluyten
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?
Replies: 64
Views: 9270

Re: Are Vipassana Nanas silly?

Teachers do not agree on what is first jhana, so they will not agree on seven steps which were systematised hundred s of years after Buddha's death. Chan is wiser here : the path is not a game where you win levels one after the other. There is a path but no objective measure. Trying to measure, at ...